Censored Colors

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Review Text Wasilla, AK, received a great deal of attention in 2008 as the city where VP candidate Sarah Palin once served as mayor, and as a place with a terrible crystal meth problem. Wasilla is also the city that gave listeners Portugal. The Man -- an alternative pop/rock outfit that has had a lot of potential but hasn't always been consistent. Censored Colors, it turns out, is their most consistent and memorable album (certainly as of 2008), and this 53-minute CD finds Portugal. The Man sounding more focused and decisive without sacrificing their experimental nature. The Alaskans have tried different things on different releases; on Censored Colors, their approach is best described as alternative pop/rock with theatrical leanings and elements of progressive rock, psychedelic rock, and soul. Rock musicals are an influence -- Portugal. The Man's members sound like have been checking out Tommy and Hair -- as are artists ranging from Pink Floyd to Radiohead to the Beatles (the gift that keeps on giving). But Portugal. The Man never sound confused on Censored Colors; they had some growing and developing to do, and they show a lot of growth as a band on this 2008 release. That is not to say that Censored Colors isn't self-indulgent at times, but the album's excesses are not a major problem -- and overall, Censored Colors leaves listeners with a favorable impression of the band. Censored Colors is a definite step forward for Portugal. The Man. ~ Alex Henderson

Track Listing

Record: 1

  1. 1. Lay Me Back Down
  2. 2. Colors
  3. 3. And I
  4. 4. Salt
  5. 5. Created
  6. 6. Out and In and In and Out
  7. 7. Intermission
  8. 8. New Orleans
  9. 9. Never Pleased
  10. 10. Sit Back and Dream
  11. 11. Hard Times
  12. 12. Our Times
  13. 13. All Mine
  14. 14. 1989
  15. 15. Our Way

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3/1/11 

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